Chinese First Year

Designed for the adult learner who are absolute beginners of the language, Chinese First Year will provide you with communicative skills and cultural awareness.

This course aims to introduce you to basic communication and interaction for everyday situations and will provide the foundation to develop practical listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The course will develop writing skills with introduction to Chinese characters.

  • What is covered in the course?

    • Develop speaking and listening abilities.
    • Make basic formal and informal introductions.
    • Enquire about and discuss personal information.
    • Socialise at a basic level in a variety of situations.
    • Make basic enquiries and negotiations for acquiring goods and services.
    • Express and discuss future intentions.
    • Express basic descriptions of people, places and objects.
    • Read and write short narratives and specific contextual dialogues.
    • Understand significant features of society and culture in relation to the language covered in the course.
  • Should I attend?

    The course will follow a format where you will learn from teacher-directed instruction and task-based activities; this format provides you greater opportunity to interact in Chinese and learn the structure of the language for functional use.

    The course is delivered in Chinese by experienced adult educators and the teaching style is interactive, giving you the opportunity to learn with, and from others.

    You are expected to spend an equal amount of time on individual study between sessions.

    Textbooks are required at an additional cost, details are available upon enrolment.

    Please note: Please feel free to contact us and speak with a course adviser if you need assistance in selecting the appropriate course or level of study for you. Alternatively, to help find a suitable level of study in your preferred language, you can self assess your language level. Entry to full year courses is possible at any time of the year. It is your responsibility to determine if you have the required language competency to manage the course content at the point of entry.

  • How will I benefit?

    Learning another language doesn't only open the door to different cultures but is also a great way of giving your brain a boost!

    Practising a language requires considerable mental gymnastics between the numerous areas of the brain. The brain benefits from these exercises: research has shown, people who are multilingual seem to be more adept at finding the correct responses, at multi-tasking, at focusing on the crux of the issue, even in complex situations. Research indicates that knowing and using two languages reduces your chances of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease and can improve memory and slow age-related decline in mental activity.

  • AQF Equivalence, Articulation Pathways CPD Points and Certification

    • Upon successful completion of the course, and meeting attendance requirements, you will receive a hard copy University of Adelaide Certificate of Completion OR
    • You may elect to take an optional Assessment of Competency and you will be awarded a Certificate of Competency upon achieving the required standard.
    • This is not an award course. However, there are some institutions that may recognise this course as a unit of study. Students should check with the institution concerned regarding recognition.
    • This PACE course may contribute to earning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points or credit. Many professional associations accredit CPD at a standard rate of 1 hour of professional development / learning=1 CPD point. This should be used as a guide only and confirmation should be sought from your accrediting body prior to registration in any PACE course or program.

Available course dates:

No dates for this course are currently being offered. Please register your interest for future dates by emailing